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Jayalalithaa AIADMK nominee in Andipatti

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam on Wednesday announced the candidature of its chief, J Jayalalithaa, for the February 21 by-election in Andipatti assembly constituency of Tamil Nadu, according to a party press release.

The announcement came a day after the Election Commission postponed by-elections to two constituencies -- Saidapet and Vaniyambadi -- while retaining the schedule for Andipatti.

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam has made a strong plea to the commission to postpone the bye-election to Andipatti on grounds of irregularities in preparation of electoral rolls.

"All political parties in Tamil Nadu except the AIADMK have demanded the postponement of Andipatti election..... We request you to be fair and just, and apply the same yardstick and standards to all three constituencies irrespective of the candidates who are likely to contest," a four-member DMK delegation told Election Commissioner T S Krishnamurthy.

While the DMK welcomed the decision to postpone the bye-election to Saidapet and Vaniyambadi in the wake of the "established irregularities, it is quite surprising that a similar decision has not been taken in respect of Andipatti constituency," the delegation, led by C Kuppusami, said.

Jayalalithaa, who was acquitted in two TANSI land deal cases last month by the Madras high court, had already indicated that she was likely to contest from Andipatti.

Party MLA Thangatamizh Selvan vacated the seat to enable Jayalalithaa to contest

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